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Pakistan awaits India’s response to proposed dates for talks: FO Spokesman

Pakistan awaits India’s response to proposed dates for talks: FO Spokesman

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Pakistan has proposed dates to India for resumption of composite dialogue to resolve the outstanding issues.

Briefing media persons in Islamabad Friday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said dates have been proposed for the two of eight elements of composite dialogue. One relates to the Wullar Barrage and the other to Sir Creek.

He, however, said India has not yet responded to the proposed dates. He said the Indian side is also expected to up come with its own proposed dates for resumption of dialogue.

The spokesperson said leaders of both the countries have expressed the desire to improve the relations and hoped the two countries will engage in an uninterruptable composite dialogue process. He said we have already started track II diplomacy, hoping this will reinforce towards normalization of relations between the two countries.

Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Pakistan believes in peaceful neighborhood and has taken steps to improve relations with all its neighbors including India. He hoped Pakistani gesture will be reciprocated in the same manner.

On drone attacks inside Pakistani territory, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Islamabad has categorically conveyed its concerns on the drone attacks to the United States.

He said our position has been noted and hoped it will receive due consideration.
He maintained that drone attacks are in violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and international laws as well as counter productive in the war against terrorism.

When asked about the outcome of the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry, the spokesperson pointed out that Pakistan and the United States have an important relationship and the visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry has contributed bringing back the relations on track. He said both the sides have agreed to resume the strategic dialogue. He said the five working groups including on energy, economic cooperation and counter-terrorism within the strategic dialogue will meet in the next two months and hold hectic discussions on enhancement of cooperation in different fields. He said the ministerial level dialogue in six months will be the culmination of the work done by the working groups. He said Pakistan seeks relationship with the United States on the basis of mutual interest and respect.

On a query whether the US has offered any assistance in the power sector, the spokesperson said the United States has already committed to contribute two hundred million dollars in Diamer-Basha dam. In the context of acute energy shortage, Pakistani side has shared a non-paper with the US side on the significance of Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline and other projects which are in the pipeline.

To a question, Aizaz Ahmad said Pakistan’s commitment in the war against terrorism is unwavering and it is against the presence of any terrorist on its soil.

He said our law enforcement agencies have rendered matchless sacrifices and made major gains and successes in the war against this menace. He said Pakistan will not allow anybody to use its territory against any other country.

About Doha process, the spokesperson said Islamabad supports Afghan reconciliation process among all the stakeholders including the Taliban and will continue to support it in future. He said Pakistan’s position has been appreciated by the US side as well.

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